How does factory painting work?

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  1. MegaMoonMan

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    So I get how they make the parts for TFs with injection molding, but I've always wondered about how the actual painting works.

    I'm assuming they have special stencils that fit over each of the part trees and just spray whatever color is needed, swap it out for another stencil and repeat with another color if needed - is that how it works?
     
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    Paint Applications are applied through the use of Paint Masks, which are metal sheets that confrom to the shape of the toy. Different masks get swapped out when they need to paint a new color. They are kind of like stencils, but made of metal, and they slide over the steel mold the used to mold the actual pieces.
     
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    Excellent, thank you. About how I thought it worked.
     
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    How does the painting process work? Oh those poor poor children!
     
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    These days the TF factories just close their eyes and spurt paint wherever they fancy. Sometimes it hits the figure correctly and sometimes it doesn't. Occasionally it doesn't hit the figure at all. After paint application the figure is passed onto the next person who runs their fingernail through the still wet paint or applies the now Transformers toy trademark fingerprint impression, or even one of their hairs.
    And if you're really lucky they pass the figure onto the Sticky Paint Department.

    :p 
     
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    Good question, I always wondered myself.

    Thanks for the knowledge :)  Sounds pretty hardcore.
     

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